The two Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg have completed the first around-the-world flight in their exclusively solar-powered aircraft. Early this morning they returned safely to Abu Dhabi, the starting point of their journey. An official partner of the Solar Impulse project,Covestro shares the pilots’ delight about their successful premiere.
“On behalf of all employees of Covestro, I sincerely congratulate you to this courageous work,” said CovestroCEO Patrick Thomas. “We are very proud of having contributed to the success of this project and of pushing boundaries with the materials we developed.”
Mid-day last Sunday, the aircraft took off from Cairo for the last leg of its circumnavigation of the globe. It flew more than 40,000 kilometers without using a drop of fuel, breaking numerous world records. Covestro was on board with ultra-lightweight materials. The company was responsible, in particular, for the design of the cockpit.
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